Vanilla Toffee Meringue Pie

As the fall is slowly transforming into winter and the cold air is making its way into our bones and homes, it is the perfect time to bake sweet, warm desserts to warm our hearts. And so came this vanilla toffee meringue pie. I frankly had forgotten what toffee is, so when I (re)discovered that it is essentially chewy caramel, I was very happy to try to make this recipe.

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Vanilla Crème Brûlée Tart

The other day I had a lot of cream in my fridge and was looking for a recipe that would allow me to use it up. I found this recipe and thought that it sounded delicious – crème brûlée in the form of a tart, so more portions?! I’m in! I was not disappointed with this recipe.

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Vanilla Cornmeal Wedges

Two weeks ago I realized that I had no dessert or snacks at home, so I decided to make these vanilla cornmeal wedges to have something to munch on. This recipe was easy to do and although simple these wedges taste very good.

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Frosted Vanilla Cupcakes

I volunteered to make baked good for a bake sale at work to support the Terry Fox Foundation and came upon this recipe in my never-forgotten book. I always hesitated to do this recipe because 1) it requires almond or soy milk, which I never have, but most importantly, margarine is used in the frosting and I never trusted that. However, for once I actually had almond milk in my fridge so I thought that it was time to let go of my doubts and give this recipe a try.

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Tres Leches Cake

After last week’s marble pound cake, I wanted to make another well-known yet simple cake that I had never tried – to eat or to make! This tres leches cake is a name that I often heard but never realized its meaning until I saw a recipe for it in this bible of a cookbook that I cherish so much. This latin american cake is meant to be a moist and simple cake. Tres leches means “three milks”, referring to the three types of milks traditionally used in such recipes: condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy (i.e. whipping) cream.

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Marble Pound Cake

For my first recipe of 2015, I decided to make this simple yet enticing marble pound cake. Certainly, I have to practice the art of “marbling” different batters, in this case chocolate and vanilla,  but I think that for a first it came out pretty good. Truth be told, I was a bit worried as I was putting the batter in the loaf pan as it was very thick. However, it came out perfectly!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Yield: about 15 large cupcakes (or 12 large cupcakes and a dozen mini cupcakes) Recipe: 30/200 “Back to Baking”, pp. 137    I realized very recently that I hadn’t baked cupcakes for a long time. That is simply unacceptable. I love making, baking, decorating and eating cupcakes! At my previous work I used to make some…

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Luscious Vanilla Cheesecake

Yield: one 9-inch cheesecake Recipe: 16/200 “Back to Baking”, pp. 160    I will make it simple for everyone. If I had 0.01 seconds to think about and name my favorite dessert, it would no doubt be cheesecake. I rarely eat desserts in restaurants, but when I do I almost always opt for the classic…

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Rich Vanilla Cake with Fudge Frosting

Yield: a 2-layer 8-inch round cake Recipe: 14/200 “Back to Baking”, pp. 142    Part two of my cake and cookie birthday baking: a rich vanilla cake with a fudge frosting. This cake was just as promised: moist, rich and utterly delightful with its distinct vanilla flavour. This scrumptious cake elicited compliment after compliment. Another…

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